Spotify - anyone heard of it?

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"80s funk house disco" radio suggests Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers!

ailsa, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 23:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

> Four MB albums, Deano

thanks. we don't have any, amazon.co.uk mp3 store has scratch n stitch and a couple of tracks from compilations, emusic had a lot... all these people seem to be getting their info from the same places though, they all make the same mistakes (search for broadcast on amazon - details are about duophonic / warp broadcast but the listed albums aren't)

koogs, Thursday, 4 December 2008 09:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

One detail I like: when it gets to the end of what I've queued up, it just continues with the current album without me needing to ask it to. (I suppose I can see how someone might not like this, though.)

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 4 December 2008 19:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

Finally got round to sorting scrobbling for this (there's a windows messenger box ticked by default in the last.fm client that somehow stops Scrobblify from working). So far I'm really liking Spotify - handy for hearng stuff you randomly think on that you haven't got in your library or for legal trying before you buy. The adverts don't annoy me in the slightest.

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 22:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

fails Boredoms test :(

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

anyone got a spotfiy INVITE?

jordan s (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

If not, try the "oooh ask me please!" option on the website ("Get started" -> email in "Not invited?" field). Took about five days for me, was surprised to get it at all actually.

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

jordan, webmail me an email address to send an invite to.

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

didn't get asked for an invite here, just got straight in

stet, Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

This is amazing! You type in what you want to listen to, and then you are listening to it. all this needs is to work on an iphone, and then i'll buy an iphone, and then i will have achieved bliss.

Slumpman, Sunday, 7 December 2008 12:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

Mine appears to have made it through an album without giving me any adverts. Maybe they've bumped me up to a pro account without realising it.

Matt DC, Sunday, 14 December 2008 14:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

you can now scrobble to last.fm from within spotify (it's in 'preferences')

braveclub, Sunday, 21 December 2008 12:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

That's handy, saves me running that scrobblify thing at the same time.

Spotify lists 'The Prodigy' as 'Prodigy' and makes last.fm think this guy sings Smack My Bitch Up and Out of Space

dj onimotian (onimo), Sunday, 21 December 2008 13:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

can someone please send me an invite?

thanks!!

kaiser, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

Er....

https://www.spotify.com/en/get-started/

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

Think there's still a waiting list though.

<3 this service btw.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

Got in straight away with the link I posted.

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

Aha they've obviously opened it up!

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

Downside is loads more ads (I've heard two during the same album), but you can hear them coming after a while and tune out. Still great.

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.

Please!

kaiser, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

If i hear gareth jones from cardiff reciting pi again i'll scream

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

(advert)

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

And I'm not buying that White Lies record either.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

At least it doesn't scrobble the adverts

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

jonathan from spotify sounds remarkably like Michael Vaughan

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

wtf 2 adverts in a row (the 2nd was for that White Lies album)

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

See what I mean about them? The Killers meet Editors big wowz!

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

can i get a spotify invite

dugong.jpg (jabba hands), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.

Please!

― kaiser, Tuesday, January 20, 2009 7:55 PM (3 hours ago) Bookmark

can i get a spotify invite

― dugong.jpg (jabba hands), Tuesday, January 20, 2009 11:03 PM (19 minutes ago) Bookmark

Have any of you actually tried the link posted? Quite a few of my friends in the UK have used the link and joined today. Maybe it doesn't work in other countries...

\o.0/

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'm in the US and that link asks for one of two things:

1)an invite code

or

2)your email address so they can notify you when it goes "public"

I wonder what their excuse is. Don't they want more people to hear their stupid ads?

I am a vampire, therefore I take garlic pills (Bimble), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

is it UK only?

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

mr bimble check your email

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

It's odd and a fucking pain how Spotify often doesn't specify that tracks are remixes in any way.

Glansel & Gretel (Raw Patrick), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

i'm in the US and unless something changed in the last few days, we can't use spotify and all the workarounds have been blocked

miss precious perfect (musically), Wednesday, 21 January 2009 00:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

2)your email address so they can notify you when it goes "public"

I selected this a couple of weeks ago, and got an invite from them within the same day. May not be the case now, of course.

anatol_merklich, Friday, 23 January 2009 06:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

https://www.spotify.com/en/get-started/ gets you straight in without an invite.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 07:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

I went in on that link above, no trouble at all. I'm in the UK tho - maybe there's a problem with the US, I dunno.

It's awesome, btw. Nearest thing to the "universal jukebox" I've seen for a long time.

NotEnough, Friday, 23 January 2009 08:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think it's staggering. At least 95% of my track/artist searches to date have returned results. And I like the concept of shared playlists.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

Spotify Premium is available in Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Spain and the UK. The Free version is only available in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain.

It amuses me to see the adverts briefly appear in last.fm (and permanently in your Spotify history).

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

This is impressive. There's a lot more weird, small stuff on than I thought there would be, thopugh also mystifying gaps too.

Someone should set up a shared ILX playlist for Jan (then we can move to Feb etc to stop it getting unwieldy). I'll do it tonight if no-one else does.

Glansel & Gretel (Raw Patrick), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

Excellent idea. I was thinking of doing one for the Pazz & Jop Top 50 singles, and maybe the Rocktimists poll tracks as well. But it'll have to wait until tonight.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

Gaps spotted so far: no King Crimson, very little UK Funky, no Aeroplane mix of Grace Jones "Williams Blood" (although their mix of Friendly Fires "Paris" is on there). Remixes are generally well represented, though.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

Remixes are generally well represented, though.

But not always listed as remixes, I've found. And they don't scrobble as remixes (sorry, I'll take that to the last.fm thread)

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

I also like the non-bloatiness: the software was running at around 14,000k on my home PC last night - so I could close iTunes for once, and benefit from the faster performance.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

I hope this thing a) goes global so the US can use it b) they make a mobile/iphone app c) ushers in a new era of music use.

I confidently predict big 4 will put a stop to it.

NotEnough, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

All the majors have signed up in europe, though. I suppose it's whether the US ones are far-sighted enough.

It's also notable that most of the big digital music holdout bands aren't represented- no Beatles, Metallica, AC/DC.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

Every Stones album is there though, yay!

Another thing I've noticed is that the service avoids any queueing problems, as you occasionally get on, say, last.fm.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Friday, 23 January 2009 10:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

Last.fm is screwed unless they can come up with something as wide ranging as this.

Billy Dods, Friday, 23 January 2009 10:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

The DJ Khaled selection is spotty and Denim aren't on there either.

I do like the way that you get to see all the crummy compilation albums that bands appear on. If you pick someone like The Sweet it takes about 5 mins to scroll through them all.

Glansel & Gretel (Raw Patrick), Friday, 23 January 2009 10:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

How on earth are they going to make any money out of this model? I can only imagine that once they've got a critical mass of people using it, they're going to radically increase the amount of advertising.

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 23 January 2009 12:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

I fixed the Cybotrons, too.

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 10 August 2016 17:48 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Not to pile on but there are a few different Bats on the same page.

JoeStork, Wednesday, 10 August 2016 18:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Is the "library" feature going to become useful at some point? I added some stuff to it over two years ago when it was introduced and eventually I wasn't able to add anything at all to it. Now it gives me an "epic collection, friend!" message whenever I try to add something new to it, even when I delete a few albums first.

spastic heritage, Wednesday, 10 August 2016 21:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

it won't be long now before Spotify runs out of tracks on Jim Sullivan's U.F.O. to recommend to me.

Further on the interstellar note, this week it also gave me an intriguing track off Sonny & The Sunsets Antenna to the Afterworld.

And further on the Light In The Attic esoterica tip, I really enjoyed the Donnie and Joe Emerson track it recommended to me last year.

The Rest Is A Cellarful of Noise (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 11 August 2016 01:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I have been recommended Jim Sullivan and D and J Emerson too.

Spotify loves to recommend me Chris Spedding for some reason. I really don't know why. (But I don't mind.)

Animal Bitrate (Raw Patrick), Thursday, 11 August 2016 21:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

haha same here! (Re: spedding)

brimstead, Thursday, 11 August 2016 21:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I got Chris Spedding too!

Neptune Bingo (Michael B), Thursday, 11 August 2016 21:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Ha, had to check but it seems like I only ever got Chris Spedding once, "Video Life." Maybe Spotify knew I had seen him a couple of times live. I did get a couple of Nils Lofgren tracks recently. Wondered if it was related to his "Purple Rain" solo.

The Italo Disco Mystics (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 11 August 2016 23:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I have neither gotten Chris Spedding nor a promising ratio of vowels to band names

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Friday, 12 August 2016 01:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Really love the "release radar" playlist - way higher ratio of things I'm interested in than the Discover playlist, likely because it's mostly made up of artists I've made a point to follow, or listen to regularly - not trying to get me into something I don't know, just trying to keep me up with stuff I do know.

I made a point of grabbing everything on the playlist last week, expecting it to change over on Friday... but it didn't. It says it's updated every Friday but as far as I can tell nothing changed.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Sunday, 21 August 2016 23:06 (one week ago) Permalink

Know what you mean.

Deneb on Ice (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 21 August 2016 23:08 (one week ago) Permalink

Okay, actually maybe I am more into the DW than the RR, which today repeated at least a half dozen artists from last week.

Put Out More Flag Posts (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 26 August 2016 19:27 (five days ago) Permalink

Don't think my RR just updates on Friday. It seems to add new tracks as they come along, and then loses some older ones at the end, so the number of tracks stays roughly at 30?

breastcrawl, Friday, 26 August 2016 22:51 (five days ago) Permalink

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-26/spotify-said-to-retaliate-against-artists-with-apple-exclusives

Spotify has been retaliating against musicians who introduce new material exclusively on rival Apple Music by making their songs harder to find, according to people familiar with the strategy. Artists who have given Apple exclusive access to new music have been told they won’t be able to get their tracks on featured playlists once the songs become available on Spotify, said the people, who declined to be identified discussing the steps.

i'm as much against exclusivity deals as anyone, but (if true) isn't this is a bit sulky?

Autumn Almanac, Saturday, 27 August 2016 01:45 (four days ago) Permalink

Digital exclusives are ridiculous. For an industry who claims to hate piracy, they do plenty to encourage it.

brotherlovesdub, Saturday, 27 August 2016 02:26 (four days ago) Permalink

yeah, and it's a bit hard for apple to claim it's pro-consumer when it uses exclusives to bolster its music service. in no way does that benefit the consumer.

Autumn Almanac, Saturday, 27 August 2016 04:26 (four days ago) Permalink

honestly I'm surprised this didn't happen sooner

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Saturday, 27 August 2016 05:06 (four days ago) Permalink

yeah, balkanization seemed inevitable.

thrusted pelvis-first back (ulysses), Saturday, 27 August 2016 14:45 (four days ago) Permalink

except UMG's finished with exclusives, supposedly?

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 27 August 2016 17:41 (four days ago) Permalink

spotify denies

hmm

Autumn Almanac, Saturday, 27 August 2016 23:09 (four days ago) Permalink

Anybody else having problems scrolling? Scrollbar disappears, reappears at top of page. PITA for browsing large discographies/search results

brimstead, Saturday, 27 August 2016 23:14 (four days ago) Permalink

yeah, me too.

thrusted pelvis-first back (ulysses), Sunday, 28 August 2016 01:39 (three days ago) Permalink

yeah having a thing where if i click on something else then go back i can scroll down and it just jumps to the top. really annoying, apparently they are aware...

Spottie, Sunday, 28 August 2016 03:43 (three days ago) Permalink

Digital exclusives are ridiculous. For an industry who claims to hate piracy, they do plenty to encourage it.

you are garbage

hunangarage, Sunday, 28 August 2016 05:00 (three days ago) Permalink

er uok hun?

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 28 August 2016 09:56 (three days ago) Permalink


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